Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Debbie Bassingthwaighte

President 2019-2022 | Events Communication 2021-2022


Debbie is a teacher and designer with a deep interest in permaculture-inspired self-reliance and resilience.  Motivated by vivid childhood memories of tasting food plucked fresh from the garden, she enjoys growing and preserving abundant organic produce with her husband Brodie in their own garden farm.  Living on a peaceful 5 acres at Postmans Ridge, Debbie feels consciously interconnected with nature and community.  She has an insatiable curiosity and passion for learning and enjoys reading, design, healthy cooking, nostalgic pastimes, and simplicity.

Debbie has a home-based learning centre, Optimise Learning, where she teaches, mentors and presents workshops.

As a Specialist Literacy Teacher, Debbie focuses on nurturing and celebrating the unique and limitless potential of all learners (particularly children and adults with Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties), and supports parents, teachers and schools through educational assessments and advisory services.

Debbie also offers professional Mentoring, Learning Design and Consultancy to other facilitators as they develop and deliver innovative, engaging workshops and courses.

Her regular Events include Workshops and Masterclasses to empower individual and community skill-building and resilience.  Planned for small groups, these are practical, boutique learning experiences tailored to your interests and needs.

Debbie also writes a Nurtured Life Blog to inspire others to live a Nurtured Life.